Mira Nakashima dedicated her practice to a single material: wood. Her pieces celebrate the knots and idiosyncrasies found in timber, reflecting the dictum of her father, George Nakashima, that there is a perfect and singular piece of wood for each design. Nakashima inherited her father’s woodworking studio in 1990 after having worked with him since returning from studying architecture in Tokyo at Waseda University. The walnut Concordia chair was created for a group of local chamber musicians. Its flat seat and upright back allow the musicians to play exuberantly without any obstruction to bowing.